Today I have some swatches of OPI's new Oz The Great and Powerful Collection. This is OPI's yearly Soft Shades offering, just in time to make the transition between winter and spring!
Don't Burst My Bubble is my favorite of the non-glitter polishes in this collection. I was expecting Glints of Glinda to be my top pick, but when I put this one on my nails, I fell in love. This soft white jelly shade is tinted with just a touch of pink, and it makes my nails look so clean. I needed three coats for the swatch below and found the formula to be smooth and glossy. It's. Just. So. Pretty.
Lights of Emerald City is a fantastic glitter. This feels like a venture into the "indie" aesthetic for OPI and I am loving it! This glitter is made up of iridescent squares that shift from blue to orange-gold and larger white squares. It's a pretty simple combination but I think the result is really striking. The glitter density was workable; it wasn't the easiest polish I've ever used but it definitely wasn't actively frustrating to apply. I layered it over Don't Burst My Bubble.
I Theodora You is a light candy pink shade. I wouldn't describe it as a creme but it is a bit more opaque than Don't Burst My Bubble and Glints of Glinda. I still needed three coats, but the final look was more solid. I liked the way this looked on my nails and had no troubles with the formula.
Which is Witch? is the best glitter in this collection, in my opinion! This clear based polish is packed with smaller pieces of silver holographic glitter, including hexes, microglitters, and short bars. Which is Witch has great density, needing only one coat to add a nice amount of sparkle. It shines beautifully in the light and looks great when paired with any of the Oz jellies. I've shown it here with I Theodora You.
Glints of Glinda is a tan jelly shade. While I liked the consistency of this polish, I think the shade was too close to my skin tone for me to go gaga over it. Still though, it's a great polish and I think it would look beautiful on someone a bit more tan or darker-toned than I am! Three coats shown below.
When Monkeys Fly! is a clear based polish with large metallic gold hexes and smaller silver holographic glitters. Unfortunately, this one is a bust for me. As I'm sure many of you have seen by now, the gold hexes curl badly. Not only do they have the appearance of curling when you look at them, but they also physically curl up off the nail. Even after topcoating, they will sometimes still poke out a bit. I appreciate what OPI was going for here, but I think this was a miss. Shown over Glints of Glinda.
(OPI has recently addressed this issue and if you have a bottle you are unhappy with, you can follow the procedure outlined on their Facebook page.)
I took this shot to try to demonstrate the curl. You can see it best on my pointer and ring fingers.
What Wizardry Is This? is the Liquid Sand accompaniment to this collection! This brown shade has a nice bronze shimmer to it. I thought it looked a bit like distressed leather once it had set! I needed two coats for the opacity below.
My picks for this collection are Don't Burst My Bubble, Which is Witch?, and Lights of Emerald City. The Liquid Sand is also nice but I found that I preferred the effect of some of the Mariah Carey Collection Liquid Sands (I'll post my pics soon!).
One thing that did surprise me a bit about this collection is that OPI chose this movie as the inspiration for their Soft Shades release. To me, Oz is an intensely colorful place with so many opportunities for unique and eye catching lacquers. Still though, some of these polishes are real winners in my eyes, and I will continue to wear them despite the disconnect.
This limited edition promotion is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
Products provided for review consideration.